All that's Jas - About Me



All that’s Jas is a website dedicated to authentic international food made simple and accessible while preserving their true flavors.



Nothing compares to homemade food. It almost feels like magic when you prepare a delicious meal yourself. It is also THE best way for bonding with family and friends and such an ego booster.

Whether you’re new to cooking or don’t have the time (trust me, we all wish we had more time) my goal is to help you learn a few tricks and skills to create new family favorites that save time and money.

I believe know that you can make a tasty meal in about 30 minutes with only a handful of ingredients. The food was a luxury during our civil war and I learned how to make and stretch a meal out of nothing. Now I want to teach you how to make dishes that are wholesome and delicious at the same time. If they taste like cardboard, I’m adding flavor. Food is meant to be enjoyed. I believe moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

So what you’ll find here is a diversity of foods, but you won’t find showy ingredients. No caviar (gross anyways) or food I can’t even pronounce.

Think simple yummy meals made by locals rather than dishes served at five-star restaurants in touristy cities. I’ll skip the $25 vanilla beans and stick with vanilla extract instead. The fanciest thing about my spices is that they’re organic because it’s a healthier option.

Although I love when a meal comes together quickly I also love when I spend half the day in my kitchen to create a delicious dinner for my family. Variety is the spice of life and is healthy for you, too. Be ADVENTUROUS! Try new foods. Life is too short to only have apples and peanut butter & jelly.

Go on a tasting adventure around the world through your own kitchen!



  • The Home page always has the latest recipe on top. The top menu bar, aka main menu, is static and will be visible as you’re scrolling down. It comes in handy for quick selections no matter where you are.
  • In the Recipe Index, you will find different categories and then more categories. For your convenience, I sorted everything neatly like a suitcase ready to travel to foreign lands. By the way, I love packing and especially unpacking suitcases.

  • And because I’m a multi-faceted person with many interests there is more. Under more, you will find my photography, short stories, lifestyle, and a couple of DIY projects.



Jas is a writer, cook, photographer, and an avid cheesecake lover.

She is a Bosnian expat living in Northern Indiana since the summer of 1998 following a six-year exile in Germany.


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Jas grew up in a traditional European family, the kind of family that sits together for big weekend lunches. Those lunches always began with some kind of soup. It isn’t a big lunch unless you begin it with a spoon.

In the early stages of her life, food has never had a central position. It wasn’t until later that she learned to appreciate a good dish. She actually hated eating or helping in the kitchen. Cut the onions; peel the potatoes; stir the pot, etc. were unpopular chores ordered by her mom, who is an excellent cook.

However, that’s how she picked up the basic knowledge for food preparation and a trade of making delectable meals with only a handful of ingredients. The rest came with her curiosity.

Jas is the author of Balkan Comfort Food, a mom and a grandma who absolutely adores her granddaughters, her biggest kitchen helpers. They don’t do the dishes yet but are really good in stirring ingredients and even keeping some of it in the bowl.

Jas shares her home with her husband Rob, a fire investigator by day (and sometimes at night) with a side job of being Jas’ taste tester and with their two furry friends who always compete for that job.


Jas and her family on Easter 2017

SIL Aaron, daughter Andrea with Alyvia and Avelyn (Ava); stepdaughter Jessica, her boyfriend Nick with Alaina and Alexia; husband Rob and Jas; stepson Ryan with girlfriend Brittany



World cuisine doesn’t have to be expensive. By simplifying the dishes a little, you CAN get the same great taste for LESS money. I strive to teach you how to make quick and easy meals your family will love.

My promise to you: I will never share anything I don’t trust or haven’t tried myself. If I don’t like a recipe I won’t post it, although tastes are different and I can’t make you love or hate something I do.  You just have to try it for yourself. 😉



See my CONTACT page.





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2nd time guest at the Dinner and a Book TV show







Take a look at my cookbook and see what others say about it. If you’d like a signed copy, I’d be happy to personalize it and mail it to you.


Balkan comfort food cookbook - About Jas

my cookbook on Amazon

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my cookbook on Barnes & Noble













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Thanks for stopping by and reading about me. I hope you’ll say hello and stick around.

Let’s cook, chat, and create!

Thank you!



27 Comment

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    Stephanie L. Robertson
    May 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Jas! It’s so nice to “meet” you! I always enjoy browsing recipes that will help feed a picky young eater. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you’ll visit me at my little north Alabama blog.


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      May 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Hi, Stephanie! Thank you for stopping by, it is nice “meeting” you as well. You have a lovely blog 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day!

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    February 11, 2016 at 12:51 am

    HI Jas, great blog!!. I live in Michigan but have family in SB. My husband is Bosnian from Banja Luka! I love Bosnian food and cannot wait to try your receipe.

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      February 11, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi, Chep! WOW, small world 😀 I’m so happy you found me. Where in Michigan do you live? I have a friend in GR and visit often. next time you are visiting SB, let’s have coffee! Say hi to your husband – perhaps I know him or his folks if he’s younger generation, although BL is not a small town…

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    December 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    It’s so nice to meet you, Jas. I meet the nicest bloggers through Lisa’s site.
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      December 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much for visiting! I love meeting new bloggy friends! 🙂

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    October 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I wondered when you said northern Indiana….I went to Bethel in Mishawaka, then lived there a few years after. My daughter really wants to go to Notre Dame next year. And we have family there. Small world. Do you like Hacienda? We used to love it years ago, but were back a couple of years ago and found it wasn’t quite the same.
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      October 16, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Yep, South Bend in my new home 🙂 We just had students from Bethel come for a community service day to our office. They do it every day. Small world, indeed. I haven’t been to Hacienda in quite some time…there are always new places to check out. Thanks for stopping in!!!

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    Mary-In the boondocks
    August 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    It is nice to meet you Jas. I live in Greece, but wish I was in USA right now. Nice to meet another European in blogland. I really enjoy looking at your photos. Come and visit me if you have a chance. My blog is Intheboondocks.weebly.com.

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      August 6, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Thank you for stopping in, Mary! WOW, Greece! Lucky you!!! I love meeting bloggers all over the world! Will visit your blog for sure 😀

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    Ann GrubbsnCritters
    June 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Hello, Jas! Just wanted to give you a shout-out and in case the pingback didn’t work, here’s for you! 🙂 Definitely no obligation!

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      June 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Aw, Ann, thank you sweetie! I am honored! 🙂

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        Ann GrubbsnCritters
        June 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm

        🙂 🙂 🙂

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    March 20, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Jas, My name is Jasna. I was born in Bosnia, living in Australia. Happy to follow your blog!

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      March 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Hi, Jasna, so nice to meet you! 🙂 My full name is Jasminka and my Bosnians call me Jasna. I’m from Banja Luka and you? Happy to follow you back and try some of your recipes 😀

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    Vintage Mama
    March 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Jas – just now discovered that you live in northern Indiana. So do I! now that we are co-hostesses for the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner, thought it would be fun to get to know you. We are west of FW in Columbia City . . . . perhaps we are neighbors??? Have a good week! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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      March 12, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Small world, Nina! I live in good ole South Bend, just over an hour north from you. I would love to get to know you! Let’s plan something in the near future 😀

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    Megan @ Our pinteresting family
    January 9, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Looks so delicious!!

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      February 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Thank you Megan, No one ever told me I look delicious before, but I’ll take it, LOL

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